21 years ago today, the best thing in my life happened to me. I got married.
It was a cold December afternoon but such was the adrenaline level flowing through me that I never felt the mid-Winter chill. My wife and I have been happily together as man and wife since then and I salute her endurance! You lot here have to put up with me whenever you choose to visit here, my wife has to cope with me on a 24/7 basis, for which I am certain her place in paradise is secured.
After we wed, we fly out to Hong Kong and then Bali. And so it was that I can honestly say that on our honeymoon, the earth moved for my wife. How do I know this? Well, there was an earthquake and the bed moved, the room moved, the earth’s crust moved – and so did I, at about the speed of light as I tried to figure what was happening! Suffice to say all was well but it proved a memorable experience! I know marriage is not for everyone and that is fine but I have to say that it has been the best decision I ever made and of course I am lucky to have such an extraordinary woman as my wife. This one is for her…
“A council education chief quit today after admitting she worked with the IRA in the 1970s. Conservative councillor Maria Gatland resigned as a cabinet member on Croydon Council after being exposed as the author of a “kiss and tell” book about the provisionals. The book described how, among other tasks, she acted as an interpreter for the movement on an arms-buying trip to Europe. The council appears to have been unaware of her past because the book was published in 1973 under her maiden name, Maria McGuire. A spokeswoman for Croydon Council said today: “The council has been advised that Maria Gatland has resigned as cabinet member for children, young people and learners. This follows emerging news of her connection to the Provisional IRA – which has come as a complete shock to Croydon. Officers understand she has been urged to resign from the council. It is also understood that urgent steps are being taken to replace her as cabinet member.”
Ms Gatland’s book – To Take Arms: My Year With The IRA Provisional – was described in a review in Time magazine in 1973 as a “kiss and tell story” about her relationships with the movement. It was written after she became disillusioned with the provisionals, and fled to England. The turning point was apparently when 20 bombs were detonated in Belfast on July 21, 1972, killing 11 people and injuring more than a hundred. “Almost for the first time, I wondered about the crippled and the widowed and the lives that had been changed forever,” she wrote.
She is believed to have been sentenced to death by the IRA as a result.
Think about that last line. She realised just how barbaric the IRA was and she fled it. She was sentenced to death for not continuing to kill. That’s Irish republicanism in action for you. I believe Mr Adams was quite senior in the IRA even at that time, perhaps he could confirm Ms Gatland’s tale?
I see that Californian Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and called the state’s politicians into a special session to address California’s $11bn deficit.
The state’s revenue gap is expected to hit $28bn over the next 19 months without bold action. The emergency declaration authorises the governor and politicians to change the existing budget within the next 45 days. Without quick action, the state is likely to run out of cash in February. Schwarzenegger and Democrats have proposed a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts, but Republican politicians are steadfast in their refusal to raise taxes.
Quite right too. Ar-nuld is a RINO and I would let him and his Dem allies sort out the mess over which the have presided. How did California get into such a state and is this a template that Obama will replicate?
So, the UK economy is in mess. Production is falling, unemployment is rising, sterling is in free fall, factories are closing. What to so about it? How about ensuring that we shrink our economy deliberately over the next decade. No? Well, that’s what the government’s climate change adviser, Lord Turner, recommends.
“Lord Turner recommended the UK reduce output of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming by more than a third in the next 12 years. He admitted the cuts will be tough, shrinking the economy by one per cent by 2020 and demanding big changes in consumer behaviour. The biggest impact will be on energy prices which are expected to rise by 25 per cent for the average family, pushing 1.7 million people into fuel poverty.”
Still, surely that is a small price to pay to ensure that we reverse reality. Right?
Listening with one ear to the droning of a so-called peace worker towards the closing minutes of the Today Programme this morning. She was ranting on about the iniquities of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip, and how they (the charities) could not feed their friends, and how the the nasty Jews were throttling the life-lines of a million and a half Palestinian inhabitants of that unhappy land.
The programme moderator quite reasonably pointed out that every time Israel relaxed the blockade, the result was more and more rockets hitting the southern towns and schools of Israel; to which this apologist for murder replied, “The fate of over a million Palestinians cannot be imperiled by a few rockets!”
We all know how arrogant the European Union is and how little regard it has for the views of the ordinary citizens that make up the Nation States it seeks to control. So it was no BIG surprise to read that the European Commission president said the UK was ‘closer than ever before’ to signing up to the single currency. Jose Manuel Barroso said he had held private conversations with ‘the people who count in Britain’ and knew that they were ready to move into the euro-zone.
And who are “the people who count in Britain”? Step forward Lord Peter Mandelson – the man who has been forced to resign TWICE from government and who has been brought back from the EU to the UK government by Prudence Brown in a last-gasp attempt to save his ailing regime. Mandelson believes that the UK should abandon its ancient currency and join the Euro-zone and now he is back at the black heart of government there will be more spinning on this subject.This man is pure political poison.
Of course the government knows that the people of Britain would reject the Euro if we were ever given the vote, but as we saw in Ireland, even when the people speak and say No, the EU elite, inlcuding Mandelson, reject such a response. So, is it possible that Brown could try and rail-road us into the Euro without a referendum, using the financial crisis as a useful flag of convenience? Nothing would surprise me since we have a government that delights in evasion, guile, deceit and arrogance.
Hillary Clinton, General James Jones, Susan Rice, and Robert Gates the heads of a new Peace Corps.
The team that President Elect BO has put together have one goal. Shift power from the Pentagon to the Diplomats.
All three choices — Senator Clinton as secretary of state; General James Jones, the former NATO commander, as national security adviser, and Robert Gates, the current and future defense secretary — were selected because they have embraced a sweeping shift of resources in the national security arena. Changing military response to diplomatic social welfare as the primary function. The money, which would come out of the military’s budget, would create a greatly expanded corps of diplomats and aid workers that, in the vision of the incoming Obama administration, would be engaged in projects around the world aimed at preventing conflicts and rebuilding failed states. Which of course will fail miserably.
As for Susan Rice she was in charge of the US response to what was going on in Rwanda during the Clinton administration and what was result there? They washed their hands of it and sat back and watched people get massacred.
This is a team that will do nothing but try to talk our enemy’s to death. Money will be stripped from the military and thrown into the pit of Foggy Bottom, where there is more fog in the diplomats heads than in the streets.
I went to another cross country meet over the weekend. This group of high school boys are among the fastest in California. Most of them can run a 5K in under 18 minutes. Notable slogans on team t-shirts included: “Trample the Weak;Hurdle the Wounded” & “Love the Sport;Love Others; Love God.”
Approximately thirty million people live in California; thirty million individuals enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
… our MPs should have immunity from arrest both inside and outside Parliament, except when caught in flagrante, their immunity only being liftable by a decision of the whole House — as is already the case in most continental parliaments.
– Bill Newton Dunn, LibDem MEP, in a letter in the Times
They all go native in the end, don’t they? Well suited to the European Parliament is our Mr Newton Dunn. I can assure him that if his idea is taken up by our Tribunes in Parliament, all priviledges they assume for themselves will be assumed by me also – as if that bunch of liars, oddballs and criminals in the Commons should be granted immunity from anything.
But I thank this parasite for the reminder of why a truly free people must never allow themselves to be disarmed – in case people like him ever gain executive power.
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